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So you may ask, where have I been hiding for the last month or so? I have been eating my weights worth in Belgium!
The first thing that we HAD to eat in the land of the Belge, is “pomme frites” – french fries.
I don’t know why fries have been called “French”. The French apparently never claimed it as their own (I make this statement only from speaking to my French bf), and it is the Belgium that indeed is the king of the french fries.
After much researching, we found one of the best one in Brussels (noted by some perhaps as perhaps best in the world…), Maison Antoine at Place Jourdan. A little “hut” situated in the middle of the square, they have two sections to cook and serve the frites as they are in such high demand. We went on a Saturday late morning and were confronted by grand queue, so if you want to go, be warned. But it is worth it.
There are over 30 sauces to choose from, and I think this is what makes these frites so very special. We went the classic mayonnaise, the Tartare Maison (house tartare sauce), and the spicy pili pili sauce.
The frites themselves were perfect. Super crunchy on the outside and hot, fluffy and soft on the inside. The crunch and thickness of the outside was the key to the deliciousness of the frites.
Being in the middle of autumn – but felt very much like winter – buying the french fries and eating them outside was not quite ideal. Luckily, the bars around are more than happy for you to eat the precious parcels in their warm premises (or in summer on their outside tables) and delighting in the best (one of) Belgium export, the beer.
I would definitely go back… especially in summer time!
Maison Antoine at Place Jourdan 1, Brussels 1000, Belgium
Socialising with friends… and fashion! My favourite combination!
For the last three years, in cities all around the world fashionistas unite and celebrate a bit of fashion at their favourite stores.
In London each store is hosting different events and parties offering drinks, music and goodies!
Tonight I’ll be roaming the streets of Mayfair with my friend H and L, hopping from store to store… for Simpsons fans I’ll be like Homer when he’s in the world made of chocolate (also an absolute dream of mine)! I can’t wait to finish work! I’ll try to share some pics!
Which parties will you be going to?
What I loved about my trip was that it was truly relaxing. My days consisted of eating, beaching, a combination of the two and eating a little bit more.
Here are some of my fave local delights:
1. Pršut (the Croatian cured ham like prosciutto)
2. One new discovery for me was the wonderful Aperol Spritz drink that is very common in Italy and is now the drink for fashionistas: one part soda, two parts aperol and topped with the scrumptuous prosecco. This drink is oh so refreshing and always served with a slice of lemon to give it a nice little bite.
3. Muscles – the Croatian muscles is made with garlic (the more the better – also because eating garlic is supposed to repel moskitos of which there unfortunately lots), parsley, white wine, olive oil and the secret ingredient… bread crumbs to soak up the wonderful juices.
4. Grilled squid – super succulent and always perfectly charred… and served generally with a delicious spinach and potato side (again full of garlic… no vampires either for Croats).
5. And last but not least… lots and lots of truffles!!! Sadly we always seemed to go to dinner late and the pasta with truffle dishes were sold out when requested… so instead we made sure we had some for aperitifs 🙂
Rovinj is a super cute little coastal town where you can swim in pool like crystal water right from the center of the town. Its only a 50min bus ride from Pula, but is a little gem with white cobble streets, a church perched on the top of the hill, and a stunning rocky coastline where bars and restaurants serve you up drinks and fresh seafood between your swims.
Every town must have its little market, and Rovinj’s market is filled with fresh fruit & veg and also local truffle and oil produce.
1) It is a marvel to walk the streets at night, as they light away the sea making a perfect night swim as the water is so clear you don’t have to worry about any hidden fishies.
2) For those that aren’t so keen on clambering in and out from rocks, they also have put in railing to allow you to easily climb in and out of the water.
3) To dine I would highly recommend this tiny restaurant called Balby. They probably only have about 15 tables outside, so you may have to wait a little to get yourself one. Luckily, they’ll happily let you have a drink as you wait, or right infront of the restaurant there is a bar for you to have an aperitif.
4) For a daytime drink or nibble, go to Konoba Lampo and be sure to ask for a table right by the water.
5) Head to Sergio’s for super thin pizza’s with fresh delicious toppings.